Fetal Abuse

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Fetal abuse is the result of a pregnant woman abuses drugs or alcohol during her pregnancy. Child protective services may get involved if the obstetrician makes a report.
 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) – Caused from the consuption of alcohol during pregnancy.
Drugs – tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, PCP, LSD.
 
Signs That May Indicate an Infant is a Victim of FAS

* Mental retardation

* Prenatal and postnatal growth deficiency

* Facial malformations

* Central nervous system dysfunction

* Varying degrees of major organ dysfunctions

* Developmental delays


 
Signs That May Indicate an Infant is a Victim of
Fetal Substance Exposure

* Miscarriage

* Low birth-weight

* Premature birth

* Developmental delays

* Behavioral and learning problems

* Drug dependency and subject to withdrawal
(tremors, sleeplessness, muscle spasms, and difficulties feeding)

* Susceptibility to HIV